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Ex-servicemen make 115-mile charity trek

THREE ex-servicemen began their 115-mile walk on Tuesday to help raise awareness for the charity Troop Aid.

THREE ex-servicemen began their 115-mile walk on Tuesday to help raise awareness for the charity Troop Aid.

Al Sutton, (retired Army officer) and Derek Joss, (ex Queens Regiment) both from Solihull joined John O'Rourke (ex Irish Guards) from Birmingham in the four-day quest.

The Charity supplies 'basic immediate essentials' to injured soldiers who arrive in Selly Oak Hospital from war-struck countries like Iraq and Afghanistan.

And to support the dedicated threesome, the Mayor of Solihull, David Bell, attended the early-morning send-off at Elmdon Airport as they began their long trek to Wellington Barracks in London.

At 8.00am they set off from their Solihull-based starting point and headed towards Daventry on the A45 before joining the A5 to London.

All being well the troops should arrive at Birdcage Walk this afternoon (Friday) after three overnight stops at Daventry, Milton Keynes and St Albans.

Troop Aid was formed in November 2006 and patients arriving into hospital are given a 40-litre holdall containing a full shaving kit, trainers and socks, underwear, tracksuit, T-shirts, sweatshirts and a warm fleece.

Female requirements are also provided for.

As well as supplying the items through the Defence Medical Welfare Services at Selly Oak Troop Aid are also sending these essentials to the UK Med Stations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For more information or to sponsor any of the three walkers visit www.troopaid.co.uk or send Cheques (payable to Troop Aid) to PO BOX 14482, Solihull B91 9LD.

 

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